Aug. 11, 2010
Cullowhee, N.C. -
As football practice continued on Wednesday afternoon, preparations move forward for this weekend's first intra-squad scrimmage, Media Day, the Catamount Club's annual Parking Selection Cookout and Meet the Cats, all scheduled for this coming Saturday in Cullowhee.
Following a day of position and unit meetings, the squad hit the turf again on Wednesday afternoon in helmets and shoulder pads with Thursday afternoon's practice to represent the first time this preseason that the football team will don full pads.
Here are additional notes and news around Western Carolina Catamount Football as the preseason continues. WCU opens the 2010 season on Saturday, Sept. 4 at North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C.:
Media Day / Meet the Cats on Saturday
Western Carolina football will hold its first scrimmage of the preseason this Saturday, August 14 which will be followed by Media Day and "Meet the Cats." In addition to the football team, members of the women's soccer and volleyball teams will be on hand for a meet-and-greet with Catamount fans and to sign autographs.
The first 100 people at Saturday's "Meet the Cats" event will receive a free WCU water bottle, presented by O'Malley's of Sylva. The controlled scrimmage is scheduled to begin at 9:00 am and last until 11:00 am with the team interacting with fans and the media afterwards.
Also on Saturday, the Catamount Club will be holding its second annual Parking Spot Selection Cookout in conjunction with the football scrimmage. Festivities surrounding the cookout being at 11:00 am and will last through the early afternoon with football players and coaches alike scheduled to make their way through the Catamount Club cookout from Noon to 1:00 pm.
Chris Everett Named to National SAAC to Represent the Southern Conference
Western Carolina football redshirt junior tight end Chris Everett has been selected to the NCAA's national Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Everett will represent both WCU and the Southern Conference on the national board.
The SAAC also offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institution campuses. The national divisional committee is comprised of both female and male student-athletes charged with the responsibility of assisting in the review of NCAA proposed legislation and representing the voice of the student-athlete in the NCAA governance structure.
Everett, who will serve as Western Carolina's SAAC president this academic year, is the second Catamount student-athlete to represent the conference on the national committee. He joins former women's basketball standout, Kendra Eaton, to have held the position. Eaton is currently serving as a graduate assistant within WCU Athletics' Academic Services.
Chris Collins Returns as Student-Assistant
Former WCU defensive standout Chris Collins, a senior on the 2009 squad, has returned this fall to help coach the defense and defensive secondary as a student assistant.
Collins ranked second on the 2009 squad with a career-best 109 total hits including a team-leading 63 solo tackles and 12.5 tackles for loss. The High Point, N.C., native finished his four-year WCU career with 303 tackles with 19 TFL's and forced nine fumbles. Over his final three seasons, Collins started 33 of the 34 games the Catamounts played.
Catamount Football Single-Game Tickets On-Sale
Single-game tickets for every game except the annual gridiron grudge match with Appalachian State are currently on sale through CatamountSports.com. At this time, the only way to guarantee tickets to the "Battle for the Old Mountain Jug" is to purchase season tickets or one of the mini-plans, which feature tickets to the Chattanooga (Sept. 25), Appalachian State (Oct. 23) and Georgia Southern (Nov. 13) home dates.
For more information on tickets to 2010 Catamount Football, log onto CatamountSports.com, or call (800) 34-GOWCU or (828) 227-2401.